Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Law and Legal Definition

Resident assessment instrument (RAI) refers to a standardized approach adopted to examine nursing home quality and to improve nursing home regulation. RAI is used when the resident is admitted first to a nursing home and at least annually to gather definitive information on a resident’s strengths and needs and thereafter to develop the resident's plan of care. The main aim of RAI is to encourage restorative and rehabilitative care and to guide care plans. RAI is intended to aid communication and problem-solving, by creating a common language and understanding of the resident among a multi-disciplinary team of caregivers that can include physicians, nurses, therapists, social workers, and dieticians.